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We chose this cruise because my son and his family were able to drive to Baltimore rather than fly five people to Florida. We had 8 in our party altogether including a 3 year old, 14 and 15 year old grandchildren. We had early dining. Embarkation went smoothly especially considering we were first timers on this cruise line. The fun staff were indeed fun. Naughty Neil, Say Yes Jess, Saffie and especially Edgar were fun and added to the cruise. We participated in many onboard activities. The timing of dinner and the evening shows was not convenient. Some of the trivia and other games overlapped making it impossible to get to subsequent ones on time. I feel that Carnival caters to smokers which was very disappointing to us. The casino was midship and one had to walk through it's very smoky atmosphere to get to the Taj Mahal at one end of the ship or Normandy restaurant at the other end of the ship. There was also smoking at the tables around the pool. We did not being exposed to the smoke so often. Kids activities were great. Our teens made friends in Club O2 and were kept busy with those friends for the rest of the cruise. They are all still "group texting" even after being home for a week. We felt the kids were safe and even though they were out to the wee hours (430am the last night), we didn't worry. Really enjoyed the comedy club and they had PG comedy shows several nights that the grandkids could attend. Kids enjoyed Dustin who was the supervisor in Club O2. The program for the toddler was great. Could take him there for no additional fee. After 10 pm there was a charge, still reasonable though. We did have to alter our course to do a medical evacuation by the Coast Guard. Many were fascinated by the site of the helicopter lowering a person to the ship and evacuating the patient and significant other. We were delayed out of Baltimore for another medical emergency. One passenger also became ill and was admitted to a hospital in the Bahamas. Our serving staff was great. They broke into song and dance at about 715 most nights. The food was ok. Our favorite selection was the beef barley soup. Kids had steak most nights. I tried braised ox tongue. Son and husband were disappointed at the lack of cold soup selections. When they did have them, the serving was interesting as it started with just a small piece of fruit and the waiter then poured the soup around that small item in the bowl. Dolphin excursion on Princess Cays was ok. A bit disorganized and overprices, but enjoyed just the same. No personal picture taking so were at the mercy of the island staff for pictures. Many many picture opportunities on the ship and there was no discount or package deal for purchasing several. Disembarkation was not fun. We carried off our own luggage and the route to the Taj Mahal was difficult as people stopped in the aisles and was difficult to get by with the luggage. I would probably check it the next time. Overall it was a fun cruise. Lots of laughs and lots of memories.

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Carnival Pride Cruise Review by Gigi Peggy

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2018
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Interior with French Door (obstructed views)
We chose this cruise because my son and his family were able to drive to Baltimore rather than fly five people to Florida. We had 8 in our party altogether including a 3 year old, 14 and 15 year old grandchildren. We had early dining.

Embarkation went smoothly especially considering we were first timers on this cruise line. The fun staff were indeed fun. Naughty Neil, Say Yes Jess, Saffie and especially Edgar were fun and added to the cruise. We participated in many onboard activities. The timing of dinner and the evening shows was not convenient. Some of the trivia and other games overlapped making it impossible to get to subsequent ones on time.

I feel that Carnival caters to smokers which was very disappointing to us. The casino was midship and one had to walk through it's very smoky atmosphere to get to the Taj Mahal at one end of the ship or Normandy restaurant at the other end of the ship. There was also smoking at the tables around the pool. We did not being exposed to the smoke so often.

Kids activities were great. Our teens made friends in Club O2 and were kept busy with those friends for the rest of the cruise. They are all still "group texting" even after being home for a week. We felt the kids were safe and even though they were out to the wee hours (430am the last night), we didn't worry. Really enjoyed the comedy club and they had PG comedy shows several nights that the grandkids could attend. Kids enjoyed Dustin who was the supervisor in Club O2.

The program for the toddler was great. Could take him there for no additional fee. After 10 pm there was a charge, still reasonable though.

We did have to alter our course to do a medical evacuation by the Coast Guard. Many were fascinated by the site of the helicopter lowering a person to the ship and evacuating the patient and significant other. We were delayed out of Baltimore for another medical emergency. One passenger also became ill and was admitted to a hospital in the Bahamas.

Our serving staff was great. They broke into song and dance at about 715 most nights. The food was ok. Our favorite selection was the beef barley soup. Kids had steak most nights. I tried braised ox tongue. Son and husband were disappointed at the lack of cold soup selections. When they did have them, the serving was interesting as it started with just a small piece of fruit and the waiter then poured the soup around that small item in the bowl.

Dolphin excursion on Princess Cays was ok. A bit disorganized and overprices, but enjoyed just the same. No personal picture taking so were at the mercy of the island staff for pictures.

Many many picture opportunities on the ship and there was no discount or package deal for purchasing several.

Disembarkation was not fun. We carried off our own luggage and the route to the Taj Mahal was difficult as people stopped in the aisles and was difficult to get by with the luggage. I would probably check it the next time.

Overall it was a fun cruise. Lots of laughs and lots of memories.
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Cabin Review

Interior with French Door (obstructed views)
Cabin 4K 4154
We had two teenagers with us, so both extra beds were made up. The french doors opened inward. If you looked out the doors you could see down to the deck below and the ocean waters moving. Unable to see sunrise/sunset etc. The room had a lot of storage. Our cabin steward was great. I did find it odd when he came to ask us which time of day we wanted our cabin serviced. This was our first Carnival cruise having only experience with Royal Caribbean previously. I requested we have morning and night service as that is what we've had previously. I felt a little guilty about that.
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